CHAPEAU is, without doubt, Bankruptcy's (if not the world's) highest-level, highest-concept, highest-falutin' noise project ever. Truly, Chapeau has achieved echelons of "noise" so high as to transcend the very bounds of "noise" itself and has entered into strange, uncharted realms that might only be described as "not-noise." Perhaps it was the legendary Mike Duncan (of the legendarical Black Mayonnaise ) who described it all best when he likened Chapeau to the... Topics: rock, pop, slop rock / slopcore, metal, alternative, obscure, avant-garde, lo-fi, noise, not-noise,...
PRAYING GODS , Bankruptcy's original sonic free-for-all, is now free for all to download. "Ballistic Missal 2000-2007" picks up right where "Ballistic Missal 1997-2000" left off, when the more rhythmic/musical elements of PG began to be channeled into new and separate projects, while the Gods themselves start truly developing the sound they would become best known for: utterly stupid shit. From there we travel on to 2003, essentially the final days of Praying Gods'... Topics: noise, harsh noise, experimental, soundscape, electronic, electroacoustic, musique concrete, prayer
E. VICTOR C. was another relatively short-lived offshoot of the Praying Gods , enduring in essence for approximately two years, from 2000 to 2002 (with sporadic reemergences up until 2005). The aim of this project was to further explore the semi-rhythmic and quasi-melodic experimentations that Praying Gods would occasionally veer off into. This was accomplished, to varying degrees of pseudo-success, via the utilization of synthesizers, guitars, drum machines, vst programs, modular software,... Topics: electronic, experimental, other
ASSISTANCE has, since 2002, been the more serious "harsh noise" alter-ego of Praying Gods. You can instantly tell that Assistance is serious because all of its cover art is in black and white and depicts quite serious things such as spiky balls on a chain, or bullets shooting through a strawberry. What is also quite serious is Assistance's nine-year commitment to acoustic contradiction; ever seeking to blend the frenetic with the deliberate, the heavy with the piercing, and the... Topics: noise, harsh noise, seriousness
PRAYING GODS , Bankruptcy's original sonic free-for-all, is now free for all to download. "Ballistic Missal 1997-2000" represents months of reviving, reviewing, and ripping stack after stack of crackly old cassettes, dusty old hard drives, and cds on the verge of total data disintegration, to bring you some long unavailable morsels from the depths of Prayings Gods' most prolific and unpredictable era. This release contains everything from the early and unapologetic exercises in... Topics: noise, experimental, soundscape, electronic, electroacoustic, musique concrete, prayer
DIER was a noise (and occasionally non-noise) remixing/reconstructing/retardating side-project of Praying Gods which basically lasted for only a few months between 2000 and 2001 (with a very brief reprise in 2005). In this short span, however, Dier was granted license (and even sometimes requested) to botch, blaspheme, deface, defile, and otherwise ruinate sounds by the likes of: Âmes Sanglantes, Black Mayonnaise, Coph Nia, D-503, Foutredieu!!!, Jason Campbell, Lysogeny, musique:motpol,... Topics: noise, electronic, experimental, remix
BANKRUPTCY was established in 1997 as the studio and vanity label of the experimental noise entity Praying Gods and its various side/sub-projects.
In those early days of dial-up internet and limited MP3-awareness, Bankruptcy's first "releases" were large, unwieldy WAV files free to download from its original GeoCities website. This approach, however, quickly proved impractical and Bankruptcy eventually moved on to more traditional cassette and compact disc release formats.
Nevertheless, Bankruptcy has always endeavoured to remain true to its online roots. After various short-lived presences on various short-lived internet audio sites (MP3.com, IUMA, etc.), Bankruptcy began adding single tracks to the Archive.org audio community in 2005 - and now Bankruptcy is once again releasing full-length albums via this new Netlabel, which you are presumably at right now.